Thursday, March 26, 2015

New at the Library: After Woodstock

During the summer of ’69, Elliot Tiber helped start the gay liberation movement and saved the Woodstock Festival from cancellation. But some of the best and most significant events of Tiber’s life did not happen until After Woodstock.

In this third volume of his memoirs, following the critically acclaimed Palm Trees on the Hudson and his breakout bestseller Taking Woodstock, Tiber chronicles his hilarious, madcap, and often heartbreaking adventures in the entertainment industry. Guided as much by chutzpah as by his creative drive, Tiber travels around the world, always looking to grab the brass ring. And everywhere he goes, from Hollywood to Brussels, Tiber makes his indelible, irreverent, unique mark.

Along the way, Tiber meets the celebrated Belgian playwright and director André Ernotte. Over the course of his decades-long relationship with Ernotte, Tiber realizes his potential as a humorist and writer, and finds a way to cope with his difficult mother, whose second wedding in the hills of Israel gives new meaning to the Wailing Wall. The relationship is tested by the AIDS crisis and a string of professional disappointments, but ultimately endures the test of time. With Ernotte, Tiber finally learns the true meaning of love.

A passionate and joyful evocation of a very different time, After Woodstock reminds us how the search for love and meaning drives us forward.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Neil Gaiman is pregnant!

guess what? i'm pregnant. due september. super special thanks to neil himself.

A photo posted by Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) on

Well, I mean Amanda Palmer is pregnant. Congratulations!

More via Buzzfeed

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Ginger Hotness that is Archie

Archie is being rebooted in July and MTV has four variant covers for the #1 (two by Fiona Staples of Saga and the one above is by Chip Zdarsky).

Via MTV: Revel in Archie's Newfound Hotness

George Hodgman's Bettyville

A witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home to care for his irascible mother—a tale of secrets, silences, and enduring love

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.

As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.

Here is an interview via NPR

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Via Brain Pickings: Choosing to Die

Image via Escape Pod

Via Brain Pickings:

Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die is a powerful and fascinating film, in which Pratchett explores the cultural controversies and private paradoxes surrounding the issue of assisted suicide, which remains illegal in most countries. From the “small but imbalancing inconveniences” of the disease’s earlier stages to the loss of his ability to type to witnessing a terminally ill man peacefully choreograph his own last breath in Switzerland, Pratchett explores what it would be like to be helped to die, and what it would mean for a society to make assisted death a safe refuge for the dying.

Visit Brain Pickings for the film.

The image is from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Wake, in which Dream of the Endless dies and is mourned. The girl in the red dress is his sister Death, who tends to say things like "peachy" and I think likes show tunes.

Gaiman and Pratchett co-wrote Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. Possibly one of the funniest books ever...or at least of 1990.

Terry Pratchett has died

Image via BuzzFeed

Quote via the guardian

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld comic fantasy series of novels, has died aged 66.

Publishers Transworld announced the news “with immeasurable sadness”. Managing director Larry Finlay, said: “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.”

The author of more than 70 books died at his home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family” earlier on Thursday.

Pratchett, who had early onset Alzheimer’s disease, leaves his wife, Lyn, and their daughter, Rhianna.

He had, said Finlay “enriched the planet like few before him”.

“All who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirise this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention”.

“Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ‘embuggerance’, as he called it), publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Struggle Is Real

So I finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao last night. If you haven't read Junot Diaz's only novel so far, you should...and his two collections of short stories. Otherwise I will have to hate you.

So upon finishing the book, instead of getting on my library app and placing my next book on hold (I've been sick, I blame the Kroger-brand Nyquil), I decided to go to sleep and "get" the book today.

However, it is checked out (IT being John Scalzi's Redshirts) from this location and is being shipped to my location tomorrow...but.

what.

the hell.

do I read

til then!?

Dear sweet god!

Also, this...23 Struggles Only Book Nerds (or...just nerds) Understand

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chris Offutt: my father was a workhorse in the field of written pornography

Image and quote via NYT

In the mid-1960s, Dad purchased several porn novels through the mail. My mother recalls him reading them with disgust — not because of the content, but because of how poorly they were written. He hurled a book across the room and told her he could do better. Mom suggested he do so. According to her, the tipping point for Dad’s full commitment to porn, five years later, was my orthodontic needs.

Kentucky author Chris Offutt is apparently turning the New York Times piece into a book to be published in 2016. Read more on NPR: Chris Offutt reveals a family secret in My Father, the Pornographer.

Branded the Worst Gay Ever

Image via theguardian

Russell Tovey may have shown himself to be a thoughtless ponce, but he didn't "disparage effeminate gays." He talked about his own life experience - he spoke off the cuff about his life, his experience. The problem is not so much what he said which was given more weight because of his "celebrity," but that other people reading those remarks thought said remarks were about them. They weren't.

Tovey's remarks say nothing at all about the group of gay men considered (by themselves or others) as effeminate and if you took them to say something about you, that is your issue. Not his. Speaking of "internal homophobia," maybe it's the internal homophobia of those upset because it agrees with these comments that need some looking to.

Speaking as a slightly effeminate gay, have we become such victims, such weaklings, that absolutely everything has to come with a "trigger warning" label? Woman up, for Willow's sake, and get over yourselves. Not everything is about you.

Click above for the article.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Neil Gaiman's reviews Kazuo Ishiguro's new book The Buried Giant

Via the New York Times Book Review

Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it. “The Buried Giant” is an exceptional novel, and I suspect my inability to fall in love with it, much as I wanted to, came from my conviction that there was an allegory waiting like an ogre in the mist, telling us that no matter how well we love, no matter how deeply, we will always be fallible and human, and that for every couple who are aging together, one or the other of them — of us — will always have to cross the water, and go on to the island ahead and alone.

I am SO excited about this book. The fact of it cuts through the fog I've felt inside for some time.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Will Always

Via BuzzFeed's The 15 Greatest Spock Quotes as Motivational Posters

Leonard Nimoy's Last Tweet

Via The Verge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Via Narratively: The Secret Life of a Public Library Security Guard

Very good read...maybe mostly because working at a public library, you work closely with these guys, and I'm grateful for that.

Image and quote from narratively

In a city of more than 66,000, there might be as many as 2,000 visitors every day. Indoor spaces that are actually open to the public are a rare find, and in a city like Portland, Maine — with months upon months of winter and an immense homeless population — the library becomes a living room of sorts. Keeping good guard of the library is delicate work. One must disrupt as few people as possible. Keeping the building safe and comfortable while at the same time truly public can be a precarious balance.

Friday, February 20, 2015

What is home?

Image via NYT

Cuban, gay poet Richard Blanco has a piece newly up at NPR: An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds Home

It's said that every writer spends his or her entire life working on a single poem or one story. Figuratively, of course, this means that writers are each possessed by a certain obsession. As such, their entire body of work, in one way or another, is generally an attempt to dimension some part of that obsession, ask questions about it, answer them and then ask many new questions.

But — writer or not — I think that's true of any life; we all have an obsession that permeates and shapes our lives. In my case, my life is my art, and my art is my life — one in the same — and my personal and artistic obsession comes down to a single word, one question: What is home? And all that word calls to mind with respect to family, community, place, culture and national loyalties. A word, a universal question that we all ask ourselves, especially in a country like the United States, home to so many peoples and cultures.

But will he speak to me in Dothraki while he's doing unspeakable things to me?

Jason Momoa (or as you may know him Khal Drogo) as Aquaman

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

NPR: Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

Via NPR

In addition to poems and plays and stories, Langston Hughes also wrote letters — a lot of letters. The letters — compiled for the first time in Selected Letters of Langston Hughes — offer insight into a man deeply devoted to his craft, and chronicle his often tumultuous personal and professional relationships.

"He was an inveterate letter writer," Arnold Rampersad, co-editor of the compilation, tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "He would write sometimes 30 or 40 working late into the night, into the early morning. He believed in letters and he also saved them."

And if you love to read letters, NPR has a selection of collections of letters in honor of Black History Month.

LaShonda Katrice Barnett's Jam on the Vine

NPR's Rachel Martin interviews LaShonda Katrice Barnett about her new book Jam on the Vine

It is the beginning of the 20th century, and a young African-American woman named Ivoe Williams is determined to carve out her own path in the world. As a black woman attracted to other women and determined to become a journalist in the Jim Crow South, she will have no choice but to make her own way.

Williams is the central character in the debut novel from LaShonda Katrice Barnett. The book is called "Jam! On The Vine." And it guides the reader through this dark chapter in American history and the story of one woman who tried to change it with a printing press.